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The Beatles: The Illustrated and Updated Edition of the Bestselling Authorized Biography based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is by far THE best biography ever written on the Beatles. Originally written in 1968, every single Beatles bio that has come since has borrowed judiciously from this book. That is because Hunter Davies had complete access to the band and conducted hundreds of interviews with the fabs, their families, childhood friends and Pete Best. Most of these people are no longer with us and they add to a side of the Beatles legend that shows the group as mere mortals and less of the Gods they viewed as today. He is also the only Beatles¿ author to have written his book while the Beatles were still together at the height of their powers. There is an entire chapter devoted to John and Paul writing songs for the ¿Sergeant Pepper¿s Lonely Hearts Club Band¿ LP. It is fascinating to be a fly on the wall and watch the Lennon/McCartney song writing process as it unfolds. Getting a window into the creative process of one of the best song writing teams of the 20th century is highly entertaining. Nothing is glossed over in this book either. The use of drugs by the band are not hidden and it is easy to read between the lines about Brian Epstein¿s private life. I say skip the more recent books written on the Beatles and go directly to this one. This biography will be the only one you will ever need